June 26, 2013
Volume 1 Number 11
Just good reading
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Team Hoyt by Kelly Gates They have completed 252 triathlons, including six Ironmen distance races and seven Half Ironmans. They finished 71 marathons -31 of them Boston marathons. And that is nothing compared to the more than 1,650 half marathons, 10 mile races, 5Ks, duathlons, 20Ks and other events Dick and Rick Hoyt have done together. While these numbers might seem impressive for any duo, the fact that Dick Hoyt does all of this while pushing, pulling and carrying Rick is nothing short of amazing. Rick is Dick’s son who was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy as a result of oxygen deprivation to his brain at the time of birth. “All of the doctors and experts told us to put him in an institution because he would never be anything but a veg-
etable,” said Dick. “But we brought him up just like any other child, just like his two brothers. Every time we looked into Rick’s eyes, we could tell he could understand us, that he was smart.” Dick and his wife tried to convince local schools in Massachusetts that their son knew his numbers and letters and should be admitted. But he was denied repeatedly until the family found a team of engineers at Boston’s Tufts University who helped give the child a voice. According to Dick, the Tufts group designed a one-of-akind, voice-activated computer system that literally spoke for little Rick. “They told us that if we raised $5,000, which was a lot of money 45 years ago, they would make him a laptop computer with a head switch that would allow him to type words
using a stick and his mouth, one letter at a time,” explained Dick. “We argued whether he would type ‘hi mom’ or ‘hi dad’ first. But the Bruin’s were going for the Stanley Cup at the time and his first words were
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by Joan Kark-Wren I’ve always wanted to visit a ghost town but had written it off as an ‘out west’ trip, so you can imagine my excitement when my husband told me about a local ghost town, Tahawus — also called Adirondac (with various spellings). During the 19th century it was the site of a major iron ore mining and smelting operation. Consisting of 16 homes and a larger building used as a school, church and general assembly area, it was a company town of the Adirondack Iron Works. In 1857, Adirondack Iron Works left the area, leaving behind what became known as the ‘deserted village.’ In 1940 a new mine opened. National Lead Industries mined titanium dioxide, an impurity in the iron ore. This impurity was part of the reason for the Adirondack Iron Works failing, as their equipment had trouble processing the iron ore with the impurities in it. In 1943 a new community called Tahawus was established for the workers, using some of the buildings from Adirondac. By 1945 the town had 84 buildings.
Dick and Rick Hoyt at a half marathon in Virginia Beach. Photos courtesy of Dick Hoyt ‘go Bruins!,’ which proved to us and the principal at a local something we already knew, school, Rick was finally allowed just how much he loved to attend class. He instantly bonded with the gym teacher sports.” After using the unique com- there, who shared his passion puterized system to answer for sports. questions asked by teachers Team Hoyt page 4
Still standing are several dwellings alongside the road and deeper in the woods is a larger building and several smaller homes. On the road into the town is the blast furnace and remnants of the water-powered air system for the blast furnace. Armed with all this knowledge and following directions from a book, my husband Dan and I found ourselves driving slowly down the road, keeping a watchful eye out for any signs of the town. A few miles down the road we saw a large sign on the left. We stopped the car and peered up at the bank, not really impressed with the sight. We were starting to think there really wasn’t much to see. Suddenly Dan laughs and says, “Look out your window.” To our right was the blast furnace, literally 20 feet from the road, towering 50-60 feet high. We got out the explore it, and closer to the river saw the remnants of a water-powered air system. Driving down the road about a mile, we came upon the ‘village’ itself. Several houses by the road were falling in on themselves, one home (Macnaughton cottage) was in the process of being restored. This is where Vice President Theodore Roosevelt stayed while hiking Mt. Marcy. It was on
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This blast furnace was built circa 1854 at an estimated cost of $43,000. Photos by Joan Kark-Wren
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by Al Dorantes Warning labels have been around in one form or another since we started putting labels on stuff. We painted them on cave walls and carved them into the rock. Greek mythology is thick with warnings. The myth of Pandora’s box (or more accurately, jar) is the epitome of warnings. Don’t open the box or bad things will happen. In the USA it all started in 1938 when Congress passed a law requiring food products to list ingredients on labels (opened the box). 1966 saw the surgeon general’s warning being placed on cigarette packs. 1973 Congress voted to label anything with “toxic substances”. It’s been downhill ever since. In America we have three levels of warning, CAUTION, WARNING and DANGER: Caution indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury. Warning indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury. Danger indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury. This word is limited to the use in the most extreme situations. All makes sense. Sort of. Do we really need: “caution: may contain peanuts” on the package of peanuts? Does my can of Budweiser
really need to warn against the perils if alcoholism? “Enjoy responsibly” cancels the need to warn about misuse. A Hungry-Man dinner warned, “this product must be cooked before eating” and a package of Fruit-by-the-foot was labeled with, “peel fruit from cellophane backing before eating.” These are all for the benefit of Darwin’s exceptions. A plastic bag had the following printed on it; “WARNING. Plastic bags can be dangerous. To avoid suffocation keep this bag away from babies and children” This is an understandable warning. But, why the quotation marks? Is the bag, literally, saying this? Or, are the quote marks more like the sarcastic air quotes that some teenagers use when replying to their mothers? Like, “Sure, Mom. I’ll get right on it.” Warning labels on food are one thing. They almost make sense even in their most bizarre forms. Even more bizarre are the warnings on things we don’t ingest. We’re warned about nearly everything we use today; from hammers to cans of compressed air for cleaning your computer keyboard. In fact, your keyboard even has a warning: “some experts believe that use of any keyboard may cause serious injury to hands, wrists, arms, neck or back. If you feel pain, numbness, weakness in these areas see a qualified health professional.” Serious injury.
Are these warnings for the evolutionary challenged? Are the warnings for the ones who can’t handle surviving because they’re not the fittest? Or are these warnings manufactured in bright yellow or red for the benefit of lawyers and insurance actuaries? The infamous 1994 McDonald’s hot coffee law suit (Liebeck v. McDonalds Restaurants) that led to: “contents may be hot” being printed on what seems like every coffee cup manufactured since wasn’t just about a simple warning label. That was about tort reform. The result was the same. Another warning label. One of the more interesting, modern, examples of warning labels are the side effect notices that pharmaceutical companies feel the need to inform us about. These warnings are so ubiquitous that we don’t even notice them anymore. The
pharmaceutical companies just tack them on the end of their commercials. Print ads have whole pages warning what might happen if you take the advertised drug. “The most common side effects of one leading allergy medicine include headache, viral infection, sore throat, nosebleeds, or cough.” Wait a minute. Aren’t those the symptoms that the prescription is supposed to treat and not cause? The bottom line is we may live in a safer world because of all these warning labels but we certainly don’t live in a smarter one. Why think when you can just look for a label? Is this good for me? Check the label. Can I take this extension cord into the bath tub? Check the label. Was this article good? Check the label.
This is an understandable warning. But, why the quotation marks? Photo by Al Dorantes
Hiking from page 1 that hike he learned President William McKinley was dying and headed back to be sworn in as president. Further back into the woods were buildings that were missing roofs and were partially caved in. A dumping site revealed old tires, parts to cars, a wringer washing machine and jugs, dishes and bottles of that era. It was fun walking through the shadowy woods, just my husband and I, wondering about the lives of the people who had called this home so many years ago. We decided it was a place our boys would enjoy and a few weeks later had the opportunity to bring up our son Christopher and a couple of his friends. We started at the largest building, walking around it, admiring the workmanship of the exposed fireplace, and wondering if the building had been a manager’s home or used as a boarding home for visitors. Dan and the others decided to hike back a bit further to see if there were any other houses. Carefully making my way around to the side of the house, I was lost in my thoughts, enjoying the peaceful surroundings and feeling just the slightest
bit nervous about being alone there, thinking of spirits and ghosts of people long gone. The quietness of the woods, the dappled sunlight and dampness of rotting wood added to the feeling of being lost in another world. Coming around the corner, I spotted a great photo op. The door to the side room had fallen off its hinges and lay in the doorway. It directed your eye to a tree growing outside of the window, making a natural double frame. I was looking through the viewfinder to get just the right shot, when suddenly there was a face in the window. I jerked the camera away from my face, half expecting to see a strange person (or ghost!) only to realize it was Christopher’s friend Adam — what a relief! The rest of trip I stayed closer to the group. Getting there From the town of Newcomb, take Route 28N to Blue Ridge Road for approximately 1.1 miles, turn left onto Tahawus Road for just under six miles. You’ll see the blast furnace first on your right, the town is about one mile down from there. There is a parking lot just past the town that is also the Upper
Many of the abandoned buildings are falling down.
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This large building is in better condition than most in the town.
Finding items like this shoe that have long since been left behind can spark your imagination thinking of who it belonged to and how it ended up being left there.
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Letterr too thee Editor Editor, I enjoyed reading the articles about the young moose that was saved, and the ‘animal artist’ [June 19 issue]. What was most disheartening was the misfortune of the poor shark that landed in the fisherman’s boat was hacked to death [Pair stunned when 303pound shark jumps in boat] and the raccoons [Something unexpected]. Why do people have to kill? Why not let them live?? God intended us to be stewards to his creatures: not murderers. It’s a shame that society as a rule is so accepting of this. Shame on you for ever printing such upsetting ‘news’. We need a kinder-gentler society: one that recognizes that animals have just as much right to be here as we do. Lisa Woodward & Family Frankfort
Bear with head stuck in jar rescued JAMISON CITY, PA— Four central Pennsylvania residents said they used only a rope and a flashlight during a wild chase to rescue a young bear whose head had been stuck in a plastic jar for at least 11 days. The frightened but powerful bruin fell into a swimming pool at least twice during the ordeal, according to a report Saturday in the Press Enterprise of B l o o m s b u r g (http://bit.ly/166z97k ). But the group eventually yanked off the jar and set the animal free.
“I thought, `No one is going to believe us,”’ said Morgan Laskowski, 22, the bartender at the Jamison City Hotel and a member of the impromptu bear-wrangling team. Area residents first spotted the 100-pound bruin with its head in a red jar on June 3, but it eluded game wardens. The animal was attracted to the container because it appeared to have once contained cooking oil. “He put his head in, and had a problem,” said Mike Jurbala, 68, another rescuer. “He’d
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have died in a couple more days.” Jurbala saw the bear Thursday night as he was leaving the bar at the Jamison City Hotel. He called Jeff Hubler, a local employee of the state Game Commission who had been among those trying to capture it for days with a lasso. The two teamed up with Laskowski and her mother, bar owner Jody Boyle, to follow the bear through the darkness. “You knew where he was because you could hear him banging into things,” Jurbala said. They cornered the bear in a resident’s backyard, where it
ended up falling into a pool a couple of times. Eventually, they wrangled the animal into a position where Hubler could pull off the jar. “You’d think the bear would be weak,
entering one race after another. “Our first official race with the chair was in Springfield, MA and no one would come near us and most didn’t want us to participate,” Dick told The Country Editor. “It was 6.2 miles and we came in 150th out of 300 runners. Every weekend, we went to a different town in a different city to run and when people started to realize they could talk to Rick, they loved his sense of humor and we began to inspire them.” To date, the father and son team-Team Hoyt-has been in nearly 2,000 races, including trIathlons, marathons, Ironman events and many others. They have raced all over the United States and in Canada, Japan and Germany, to name a few locations. In order to compete in events that require swimming and biking, the Piels had to have special equipment made. And Dick had to find the most efficient and safest way to take Rick in tow. “We outfitted a wooden Boston Whaler boat with a beanbag chair where Rick can sit comfortably while I tow the boat during the swim portion of races using a rope tied to my vest,” he said. “I have to carry him out of the water when I transition him to the bike, which is no easy task.” In the early years, Dick pulled Rick in his racing chair behind his bike. Today though, Dick has a bike with a seat built in above the front wheel. The design not only allows him to keep an eye on Rick, it puts his son in position to shield him from all of the bugs, he joked. After nearly 30 years of racing together and inspiring people all over the world, Team Hoyt plans to run in one more Boston marathon as a tribute to those who lost their lives or were injured in this year’s race. They will continue running in shorter distance races as well. Dick doesn’t want to stop enjoying this special time with Rick, who is now 51 years old. He also wants to stay in shape as long as possible. “I had a heart attack in 2002, a result of a genetic cholesterol problem. My doctors said that if I hadn’t been in such great shape, I would have died,” he said. “I feel that I helped Rick have a great life and in turn, he saved mine.”
because it hadn’t eaten or drunk for a week, but it was strong,” Boyle said. Hubler said people should keep lids on food jars that they throw away.
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Richard Hoyt, age 73 and his son Rick, 51 competed in the 2013 Boston Marathon. In 1995, both men made the Men’s Health 100 fittest men of all time list. Dick was 24th and Rick was 25th-an achievement Dick hails as a major victory as it was the first and only time he beat his son at anything. It’s no wonder that Team Hoyt was on that list. They have drawn attention from fans all over the world, receiving letters, emails and calls from people who considered suicide, were alcoholics and drug addicts, or simply down-and-out before hearing of Dick and Rick. “The best part of what we have done is learning that other people were inspired to beat depression or to put down a harmful substance and pick up racing because of us,” noted Dick. He and Rick have reached out to help even more people through their writing. Rick has a children’s book called “Rick’s Story” for 1st through 4th graders. It tells of his story and how he overcame his disability. He also has a new release, “One letter at a Time,” a title reflective of how he first began communicating. Dick has told his story too in “Devoted: The Story of a Father’s Love for His Son.” The team also has three DVDs available on the their website, TeamHoyt.com.
Hello Again, According to Wall Street data, most of the huge international (America-based) companies are posting great profits. It could be said, “The stock market is booming.” Being a simple country boy thinker, I wonder how many of those huge profit making companies are in fact American companies in heart. The question could be, “If they are in fact making those huge profits – where is all that money going?” Is that money creating employment here in America or is it being funneled to some other business expansion in a foreign country, which in fact, will kill more American jobs – again? Are you getting rich? Do you know anyone who is getting rich? The answer should be – the owners of those stock companies. The owners are those investors – such as you and I – who have purchased shares of stock in stock companies (aka corporations.) So what is happening to all of that money? In some cases, the profit rich companies are buying other companies. In
other words, they are taking profits, which in great part should be shared with their stockholders, and buying other companies – sometimes paying more for those companies than the stock value of the company. Some companies are just plain stock-piling the money. Worded in a more simple way, they are using our money (stock holders) to purchase another company and in so doing, failing to pay us, their owners, the dividends we deserve. Then, due to the fact the parent company is considered larger, increase the salaries and perks of management. To make matters worse, by using hocus pocus camouflage, our so-called American companies are building or supporting factories in foreign countries, which cause our homeland factories to close. In nearly all cases, the top management group – board members, presidents, vice presidents, CEO’s, CFO’s, and others are receiving compensation for their so-called expertise and efforts at a basically immoral level; often millions of dollars per year in salary with perks and options worth even more. I dare not name the famous oil millionaire who says, “Most of those higher ups in America’s biggest cor-
porations do not even know what they are doing and that middle management actually runs the companies.” It would appear that we might be the most gullible working class in the world. In fact, we are the most gullible if we swallow all of the lies offered up to us by Washington. For example the June 7, 2013 payroll jobs report released states that 179,000 new jobs were created in the month of May. That certainly sounds good, too good to be true? You decide. Let’s back track for a bit so that we can make an intelligent decision. Let’s say that here in our valley a hotdog stand operator hires a waiter to serve up his hot dogs. Can that job be considered a source of new money for our area? Or will nearly all of the hot dogs be sold to native valley residents who will pay for the hot dogs with money already in their pockets, which was already here in the valley? Has any new money been created or merely swapped from one valley pocket to another valley pocket? Is that job creation? Nearly every job that was created and reported in the jobs report was similar in one way or another to our hot dog job. Nearly none manufac-
tured a product here and sold it out of the U.S.A. The only new job figure that would truly make sense would be to manufacture some item here in our valley and sell it to a user in say Colorado, or New Mexico. Better yet, sell it to some user in a foreign country: China, Japan, England, or Germany. Now that would be real job creation. Washington keeps suggesting we create jobs by hiring teachers, police officers and government workers. The only thing that accomplishes is to create additional drain on the tax dollar, and up go your taxes. That makes about as much sense as a married man hiring his wife to work in their home and claim he has created a job. Let’s take a look at the year 1967. Montgomery County had its own daily newspaper, the Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat. It was a fine local daily owned by a family. Now in the 2013 the name has been changed to The Recorder – no reference to Amsterdam or the political word democrat. I wonder why? However, with the loss of subscribers which the daily newspaper industry
is facing, we are fortunate to still have our own daily, and it is still printed in Amsterdam. Utica lost its morning newspaper –The Press – and changed the moniker of its remaining daily newspaper to just plain Observer. The Herkimer Telegram, The Little Falls Times, and The Observer are no longer printed in Oneida County. Over recent years three Oneida and Herkimer county daily newspapers have closed their print shop doors and now are printed in southern New York. Even though OneidaHerkimer counties lost those valuable jobs – let’s be thankful the three papers are not products of China, Japan or elsewhere. An August 21, 1967 Associated Press release stated President Johnson holds a slim 15-13 margin of support for his Vietnam War policies among 28 senators whose seats will be at stake in the 1968 elections. Is it possible that President Obama will lose support from members of his own democrat party, such as L.B. Johnson did in 1967 when democrats fear losing their seats due to the much feared health program?
should not be there to start with. Little Billy threw his school books on the kitchen counter. “What did Mama’s little baby learn in school?” asked his mother. “I larned two six grade punks to not call me ‘Mama’s little baby!’” he proudly said. It has been reported that in Washington, two groups were hired on the same day: one group to dig up facts on our economy and the other to bury them. They were both taught to say, “I can’t remember.” In the first verse of the Holy Bible, it says, “God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Who would be better at giving us advice on government, business, and personal life than he who created it in the beginning? Read the Bible – it’s God’s way of communication. Well until next time, keep on smiling and saying your prayers. Say howdy to your neighbors and wave to the red three-wheeled Spyder when it putts by. Remember, two hands. Fred Lee and Family
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Texas governor signs 'Merry Christmas' bill into law by Will Weissert AUSTIN, TX — Surrounded by sleigh bellringing Santa Claus impersonators, Governor Rick Perry signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges — but also stressed that freedom of religion is not the same thing as freedom from religion. It was a serious tone for an otherwise fun billsigning and should bolster the governor’s Christian conservative credentials before he travels to Washington for the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference with the likes of tea party darlings and U.S. Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and fellow Texan Ted Cruz. Dubbed the “Merry Christmas bill,” the bipartisan measure sailed through the state House and Senate to reach Perry’s desk. It removes legal risks of saying “Merry Christmas” in schools while also protecting traditional holiday symbols, such as a menorah or nativity scene, as long as more than one religion and a secular symbol are also reflected. “I realize it’s only June. But it’s a good June and the holidays are coming early this year,” Perry said. “It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m glad that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state. Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.” During the last Sunday of the legislative session on May 26, Representative Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat, gave the Texas House’s daily prayer. “We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the freedom to exercise the religion of our
choosing while also being free from having any religion imposed upon us,” said Howard, herself a Unitarian Universalist. Her words prompted some conservative lawmakers to hold their own, separate prayer session moments later. Perry did not mention Howard or her prayer, but invited to the signing ceremony cheerleaders from Kountze High School in East Texas. They were briefly barred by their school district from displaying banners with bible verses at football games. Perry decried the ban and a judge eventually ruled it violated students’ free speech rights. The governor said the law was for believers such as the Kountze cheerleaders, who wore red “I cheer for Christ” T-shirts. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Dwayne Bohac of Houston, said he drafted it after discovering that his son’s school erected a “holiday tree” in December because any mention of Christmas could spark litigation. “We hope that this is a fire that will take off and become laws in the other 49 states,” said Bohac. The proposal has drawn little public opposition. Tom Hargis, a
spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, declined to comment beyond a statement that “we hope administrators and teachers remain mindful that it’s an important role of parents to teach their children about matters of faith, not our public schools.” Bohac said Perry “is not a governor that shirks away from the tough issues. And this should not be a tough issue, which is what’s even amazing about all this. But this is just political correctness that’s run amok and our brains have completely fallen out as a result.” As Perry signed, 10 members of a group called the Lone Star Santas — with long white beards but wearing colorful summer garb rather than their traditional red suits — cheered and rang bells. Standing behind Perry’s desk was Glenn Westberry, or “Santa G” from Houston, and Rabbi Zev Johnson of the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Texas. Both cheered the measure, with Westberry saying he has been “persona non grata in Texas schools for too long.” Johnson joked, “I thought this was the ‘Happy Hanukkah’ law.”
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One of the great mysteries of home buying, at least to those who have never been through the process, is closing costs. While nearly everyone has heard of them, few who haven’t had to pay them really understand them. Even some people who have paid them aren’t sure what they spent all that money on. Closing costs are the various fees that a homebuyer must pay before the mortgage lender
will finalize the mortgage. Generally speaking, these costs are about 3 to 6 percent of the amount borrowed. That is in addition to your down payment. Following are some of the components of your total closing costs. The lender will charge an application fee to cover the costs of completing your mortgage application. This may or may not include the fee for your credit report. They will also
charge a loan origination fee, also known as points. This covers the administrative costs of processing your mortgage. One point is equal to 1 percent of the total amount loaned. Many lenders offer the option to purchase without points, but keep in mind that this will result in a higher interest rate. There are also lenders who will let you pay additional points to lower the interest on your loan.
Title insurance will be required by your lender. This protects you and the mortgage company in case the seller does not have the legal right to sell it. There could be unknown co-owners of the property, or it could have an unpaid lien against it that would prevent the seller from legally selling it. An appraisal is also required by lenders. This is to ensure that the home is worth the amount loaned to you to purchase it. A home inspection is not usually re-
quired, but it’s a good idea to have one. The cost of the inspection could also be considered part of closing costs. Homeowners insurance is a standard requirement of mortgage lenders. They will require proof of it and may require you to pay the first year’s premium before closing. Private mortgage insurance may also be required depending on the amount of your down payment, and part of the fee will be included in your closing costs. Taxes associated with
the transfer are usually the buyer’s responsibility, unless other arrangements are agreed upon. You may also have to pay for a survey of the property. You will likely be required to pay the interest accrued between the time your mortgage was originated and the due date of your first payment. Attorney and notary fees may also be a part of your closing costs. Closing costs are comprised of all of the expenses that must be paid before the purchase of your new home is finalized. Points are a fee charged by your lender that may be somewhat flexible and directly affect your interest rate. Knowing what these terms mean and what fees they consist of can help you be more prepared for them when the time comes. Source: Sir William Johnson Realty
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Virginia site of Pocahontas rescue will be preserved by Steve Szkotak
GLOUCESTER, VA— A farm field overlooking the York River in Tidewater Virginia is believed to be where Pocahontas interceded with her powerful father Powhatan to rescue English Capt. John Smith from death. That’s a fanciful footnote for many Virginia Indians, historians and archaeologists, who say the real story is that this land was the center of a complex, sprawling empire ruled by Powhatan long before the first permanent English settlement in American was founded in 1607. It was called Werowocomoco, which roughly translates to a “place of chiefs.” “This is like our Washington,” said Kevin Brown, chief of the Pamunkey tribe. “History didn’t begin in 1607 and there are a lot of people who overlook that.” On loan to archaeologists for more than a decade, these 57 privately owned acres will be preserved forever under an agreement years in the making. The deal is important for Native Americans because they believe their story has been overshadowed for centuries by the narrative of Smith and
his fellow Europeans. In a departure from past digs involving native sites, archaeologists sought the counsel of Indian leaders before and during the exploration, honoring their wishes that burial grounds not be disturbed and helping interpret what was discovered. For Ashley Atkins, a College of William & Mary doctoral candidate who has worked at the site since 2005, “recovering things out of the ground” was secondary to working with her fellow Pamunkey. “Unfortunately, native people in the past have had no involvement at all in the way that their history has been investigated, uncovered and presented to the public,” said Atkins, who is 28. “Most people would think, ‘They wouldn’t be involved in uncovering your own history?’ But the reality is that has not been the common practice.” Jeff Brown, a Pamunkey and Kevin Brown’s brother, worked at the site for years. He recalled Indians visiting the sweeping expanse overlooking the York River and being overcome. “It gets emotional,” he said. “And when you’re digging you can really
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On other types of federal loans, your payments will be put on hold, but the balance of your loan will continue to rack up interest. Several factors may qualify you for a deferment once you’re done with school, including economic hardship, unemployment or serving in the military on active duty during a war. If you don’t qualify for a deferment, you may request a forbearance, which can generally buy you up to 12 months without making payments. However, you’ll continue to pile up interest on your balance, even with subsidized loans. For more details on how these options work, go to this U.S. Department of Education website: Studentaid.ed.gov 4. Avoid racking up missed payments Missing payments on your federal student loans can seriously hamper your ability to get credit, especially if you’re starting out and don’t have much of a credit history. In the case of federal student loans, you will be declared to be in default if you miss nine payments in a row. At that point, the government will ask you to pay back your entire loan balance immediately, and will resort to garnishing your wages or taking it out of your in-
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Gospel w/Julian & Bonnie George • Aug. 31 - 6 pm: The Mark Bolos Band • Sep. 3 - 1 pm: Floyd Community Band, 3 pm Irish Day at Lock 20 featuring the Johnston School of Irish Dancing and the Butler Sheehan Academy, The Big Band sound of Easy Money and Koltis plus a fireworks extravaganza at dusk. All events are free. Bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs. JUN 29 Cameras on Safari for Butterflies Shawangunk Nature Preserve 255 Shawangunk Rd., Cold Brook, NY. 9-11 am. If your camera has a close up setting, you can improve your pictures by learning some techniques for photographing the small wonders of nature - flowers, insects, butterflies, dragonflies and put it to use photographing the beautiful residents of Shawangunk. Shawangunk Nature Preserve. Bring your camera manual if you can. Tripods are optional. No Fee. Register by June 27. Call 315-826-7405 or e-mail email@example.com. JUL 6 Chicken BBQ, Strawberry Fest, Garage Sale & Cow Plop Bingo German Flatts Town Park, Rte. 5S, between Mohawk & Little Falls, NY (Near the historic Fort Herkimer Church). Chicken BBQ from noon until sold out. $8 Strawberry Fest from noon to 4 pm. $3. Cow Plop bings. Square can be purchased at the town office on Main St. in Mohawk. Contact Town Clerk, 315-866-1370. AUG 24 Fifth Annual Reign Fest: NY Dolgeville Central School auditorium, 38 Slawson St., Dolgeville, NY. 2-10 pm. Grammy nominated “The Rhett Walker Band” headlines this year’s amazing lineup, that includes hot new artist “All Things New,” ReignFest mainstay “Everyday Sunday” with special guest “Grant Woell,” along with Christian rock bands “Kardia,” “Life Band,” “Deeper Still” and the “New Hope Worship Team.” The event’s guest speaker will be Pastor Dave Hayner. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Group pricing is available. For tickets and information, call 315-8685815 or e-mail bobby@ rkpsportinggoods.com. You can also follow ReignFest: NY on facebook. SEP 5 Rabies Clinic Salisbury Fire Dept., 2549 St. Rt. 29, Salisbury Center, NY. 6-7:30 pm. All cats, dogs & ferrets 3 months old or older must be vaccinated even if they stay indoors. Bring proof of the pet’s vaccination history to receive a 3 year certificate. Dogs should be on a leash, cats & ferrets in a carrier. No exams will be given. Owners are responsible to clean up after their animals. $5 donation per pet
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Plants to attract butterflies by Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor, University of Vermont If you love to watch butterflies in summer, perhaps you should think about the plants that attract them. More importantly, realize that these and moths (together termed “lepidopterans”) don’t exist for our enjoy-
ment, but to pollinate flowers and their larvae (caterpillars) to provide food for birds. In fact, such larvae are one of the main sources of food for birds. With an abundance of lepidopterans in your landscape, you’ll likely attract many birds as a benefit too. These birds, in addition to their sights and songs, provide an “ecological service” by eating many other insects. Professor Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware, has written a book — Bringing Nature Home — describing in some detail the benefits of insects in our landscapes, as well as how most are attracted to and prefer native plants. He and assistants have compiled a very complete and extensive listing of species of plants and lepidopterans from the midAtlantic states, which of these insects are attracted to which plants, and they ranked the most important plants (udel.edu/~dtallamy/hos t/). While these numbers all won’t fit exactly in northeastern states, most of the plants grow here as well, and many of the key plants are likely important here too.
While there are many other insects that pollinate plants (such as bees), and provide food for birds, they chose to focus on this large group of moths and butterflies (about 3,500 species in the mid-Atlantic states). In their lists they considered 1385 plant genera (the large groupings of plants such as asters,
goldenrod, bee balm, and the like). Of these, there were 884 native plant genera, and 501 non-natives or introduced plants from elsewhere (“exotics” or “aliens”). In their ranking list of woody plants, only one non-native (pears) was in the top 50 most attractive to moths and butterflies. In their listing of herbaceous plants, 16 non-natives were in the top 50 most attractive, while the rest were native plants. Of the introduced herbaceous plants that attract moths and butterflies, these non-natives included a few “weeds” such as dandelion (87 different lepidopterans attracted to this in the mid-Atlantic states, including both native and non-native species) and burdock (27); only one common garden flower — the hol-
lyhock (22); some common vegetables such as corn (120), Brussel’s sprouts (68), beets (44), peas (38), and asparagus (32); and main agronomic crops such as alfalfa (69), wheat (36), and soybean (33). In the top 50 most attractive list of native herbaceous plants, fruits and vegetables included
strawberries (81), beans (66), and lettuce (51). Native “weeds” that you might consider leaving, at least in a few out-of-sight or controlled areas, that attract moths and butterflies, include plantain (66), horsenettle (61), ragweed (48), lambsquarters (42), nettle (35), pigweed (29), and thistle (29). If your garden gets weedy, just tell visitors it is providing an “ecological service”, or that it is a butterfly garden. Agronomic crops with native origins that attract lepidopterans include clover (122, the highest of all herbaceous plants), rye (31), and hops (27). Native flowers you should consider to attract butterflies include goldenrod (115), aster (109), sunflower (75), morning glory (39), lupine (33), willowherb (32), violet (30),
false indigo (24), geranium (24), and chrysanthemum (22). The top dozen native trees you could plant in North Country landscapes to attract moths and butterflies are oaks (532), willow (455), birch (411), cottonwood or poplar (367), crabapple (308), maple (297), alder (255), elm (215), pine (201), spruce (150), ash (149), and basswood (149). A dozen of the most important native shrubs for lepidopterans include beach plum (456), blackberry (163), rose (135), serviceberry (124), viburnum (104), currant (99), spirea (89), grape (79), witchhazel (63), rhododendron (51), juniper (42), and elderberry (42). Of course, in each of these plant genera there are several if not many species, not all of which may be most attractive, nor even all native. But these are a good selection to choose from with a good chance of helping and attracting butterflies more than many other plants. For the total species listed attracted to these plants, you’ll find many more native moths and butterflies in the lists than non-natives. For instance, for oaks, of the 532 species attracted, 14 are exotic and 518 are natives. For clover, of the 122 species attracted, 7 are exotic and 115 are natives. In addition to the flowers already listed, other favorite plants for butterflies and moths include Joe-pye, honeysuckle, black-eyed susan, iris, evening primrose, milkweed, verbena, penstemon, phlox, bee balm, speedwell, and lobelia. You can read much more on why native plants are
important in our landscapes, and what to plant in landscapes, at Professor Tallamy’s website (bringingnaturehome.net) . Lists, searchable by
state and trait, for not only moths and butterflies but bees too, can be found from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (www.wildflower.org).
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